Feline-friendly tips from Cats Protection
Cat lovers can find out how to create the ideal garden to enjoy with their pet with Cats Protection’s gardening tips.
The charity has compiled its top ideas for ensuring cats stay happy and safe outdoors, ahead of appearing at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival from May 9-12.
Cats Protection’s events manager Emma Osborne said: “Creating a feline-friendly garden where your cat will want to play, rest and explore is an excellent way to ensure they don’t wander far.
“It can be great fun coming up with ideas for new spaces for your cat to enjoy, which can also become an attractive feature in your garden.
“Whether it’s piles of logs to provide a scratching area or large bushy shrubs for hiding and snoozing under, there are lots of cheap and easy ways to transform a garden into a feline paradise.”
Other tips for keeping cats safe and amused in the garden are:
Sow grass seeds
Cats love to nibble grass, which helps them cough up hairballs. A popular variety is Cocksfoot – buy seeds from a pet shop or garden centre and sow a patch in the garden.
Invest in catnip
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is renowned for inducing a highly excitable reaction in cats. Dried catnip is available in shops, but the fresh plant, with grey-blue leaves and blue flowers, makes an attractive addition to the garden.
Plant for shade
Cats can feel threatened in exposed spaces and love secluded spots where they can rest and keep on eye on what’s happening! Choose bushy plants without thorns which can provide shade and a secluded spot for cats to enjoy – lavender is a great choice. George’s favourite hiding place is under a large Fatsia japonica, which is evergreen and pretty waterproof.
Avoid poisonous plants
Keep chemicals and gardening products stored safely out of reach and check before shutting the door on sheds and outbuildings in case a cat has sneaked in.
Visitors to Cats Protection’s vintage summerhouse-style stand at RHS Malvern Spring Show can find out information about cats and their care, as well as enjoy browsing a range of cat-themed merchandise.
To find out more about Cats Protection, visit www.cats.org.uk.